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Diverse Communities and Intersectionality Working Group

The Diverse Communities and Intersectionality (DCI) Working Group brings together representatives from across the community sector, the Victim Survivor Advisory Council and Victorian Government departments. The purpose of the group is to provide guidance and advice on the needs of diverse community groups as they relate to family violence prevention and response, and social service reform.

For the purpose of the DCI Working Group, diverse communities include:

  • Aboriginal communities
  • diverse cultural, linguistic and faith communities
  • people with disabilities
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people
  • people experiencing mental health issues
  • older people
  • people working in the sex industry
  • women in or exiting prison or forensic institutions
  • rural, regional and remote communities
  • male victims
  • young people and adolescents
  • a housing/homelessness perspective is also included.

Many factors combine to create each individual’s identity and experience. This diversity within the Victorian community is highly valued and is a source of great strength and opportunity. The Victorian Government also recognises that individual and structural power imbalances exist within our society that often mean a person who identifies with one or more of these parts of our community can be at increased risk of experiencing family violence.

These intersecting identities will also alter the way a person experiences family violence and the accessibility of supports and services they need to stay safe and recover from violence. The DCI Working Group is therefore supporting government to build an intersectional approach into its family violence reforms. This will mean that a new family violence system is able to understand and respond to the needs of all Victorians.

The DCI Working Group membership includes representatives from the following organisations and groups:

  • Women with Disabilities Victoria (Co-chair)
  • Victim Survivor Advisory Council (Family Violence)
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd.
  • Mallee District Aboriginal Services
  • Gippsland Lakes Community Health
  • Victorian AIDS Council
  • Seniors Rights Victoria
  • Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
  • Women’s Mental Health Network Victoria
  • Launch Housing
  • Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
  • Multifaith Advisory Group (of VMC)
  • Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Annie North Women’s Refuge
  • Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • Inner South Community Health
  • Multicultural Centre for Women's Health
  • Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality
  • Commissioner for Senior Victorians
  • Court Services Victoria
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Justice and Regulation
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet (Co-chair)

Contact us

For more information on the taskforce and its work, email: FVHT@dhhs.vic.gov.au